Lifestyle

Located in the heart of southwestern Ontario on Highway 402 just 20 minutes west of London and 40 minutes east of Sarnia and the United States border, Strathroy-Caradoc offers a lifestyle for its residents that represents small-town living at its best but easy accessibility to the larger population centres in the region.

With a population of over 20,000 people, Strathroy-Caradoc offers a wide variety of shopping, dining, entertainment, and recreational alternatives, and its educational and health care institutions are second to none.

Arts and Culture 

Strathroy-Caradoc is home to a vibrant arts and cultural community.

  • Museum Strathroy-Caradoc hosts a diverse mix of rotating exhibitions from its permanent collection, as well as travelling exhibitions from museums across Canada. The Museum collects objects and archival documents from every aspect of our local history. The Museum also responds to research requests and helps with genealogical research.

  • The Art Space is located at 34 Frank, alongside Museum Strathroy-Caradoc and Strathroy Public Library. The Art Space features new local artists each month.

  • The Art Group (Strathroy-Caradoc) is a collective of local artists dedicated to promoting and encouraging the arts to all members of the community. The Art Group's flagship gallery and workspace is based at the Strathroy and Area Seniors Centre. The Art Group offers classes and participates in a number of community events throughout the year.

    Strathroy District Arts Council promotes the arts in Strathroy-Caradoc and the surrounding area. SDAC hosts a number of concerts and live performances throughout the year. It also sponsors the annual Day for the Arts held in Strathroy.

  • Ska-Nah-Doht Village and Museum features a village reflective of the Native settlements found in this region close to 1,000 years ago. The village, created with information gathered by archaeologists and First Nation peoples, offers tours, workshops, and an opportunity to see how First Nations once lived.

Conservation Areas

Strathroy-Caradoc offers several conservation areas which provide residents and visitors alike a wide range of outdoor activities to enjoy.

  • Strathroy Conservation Area, located within the Town of Strathroy, includes a 3-kilometre trail that links with other urban parks, arboretums, and wetlands. The trail can be accessed at the St. Clair Region Conservation Authority Administration Centre or at the parking lot off of Head Street, just north of the Head Street bridge on the east side. View general information on Strathroy Conservation Area.

  • Longwoods Road Conservation Area features hiking and cross-country ski trails, group camping areas, the Carey Arboretum and trail, and Ska-Nah-Doht Village and Museum, among many other amenities.

    View general information on Longwoods Road Conservation Area.

  • Longwoods Road Conservation Area features hiking and cross-country ski trails, group camping areas, the Carey Arboretum and trail, and Ska-Nah-Doht Village and Museum, among many other amenities.

    View general information on Longwoods Road Conservation Area.

  • Mill Stream Conservation Area is a day-use park east of Mount Brydges that offers a small toboggan hill, a picnic shelter, and a nature trail suitable for fishing, hiking, and bird watching.

    View general information on Mill Stream Conservation Area.

  • Visit SydenhamDiscovery.ca and journey through one of Ontario's most biologically diverse regions. Explore the aquatic life and geography of the Sydenham River, which flows through Strathroy. Get to know the people who came to its forests and built its villages, and experience the life of an early European settler.

Downtown Strathroy Market

On Saturday mornings throughout the summer, the streets of downtown Strathroy are taken over by the Downtown Strathroy Market The community gathers together on these mornings to browse through the wares of a wide variety of vendors, with the emphasis on hand-made crafts and a long list of food products, with the emphasis on locally-grown fruits and vegetables.

The Market features a couple of special events:

  • A Friday night market, this year scheduled for Friday, August 2, 2019;

  • Christmas Market, this year scheduled for Saturday, December 7, 2019. 

Follow the Downtown Strathroy Market on Facebook for up-to-date news and event listings.

Education

 Strathroy-Caradoc boasts eight elementary schools located across the municipality, and features one of the first joint-use secondary schools in Ontario. Two schools, one public and one Catholic, share the same building and many of the same facilities.

As well, the municipality is located within easy driving distance of Western University in London, Fanshawe College in London, Lambton College in Sarnia, and Westervelt College in London.

Health Services

Strathroy-Caradoc is home to a number of health service providers. Along with the family physicians, dentists, optometrists, chiropractors, and other health professionals who serve our community, there are a number of health centres to meet the needs of your family.

Health care institutions include:

Long-term care facilities include:

Libraries 

Strathroy-Caradoc has three public libraries, each operated by Middlesex County Library. These libraries are located in Strathroy, Mount Brydges, and Melbourne. The Strathroy location is also home to the county library administrative office.

Sports and Recreation 

Strathroy-Caradoc boasts a wide variety of sports and recreation facilities, including an outdoor aquatic centre, three arenas, three outdoor sports field complexes, and a long list of other neighbourhood parks, playgrounds, splash pads, and sports fields. These facilities are kept busy by active sports programs, including minor hockey, minor soccer, minor baseball, and an aquatics program. Along with minor sports teams, Strathroy-Caradoc is also home to two junior hockey teams, the Jr. B Strathroy Rockets, and the Jr. D Mount Brydges Bulldogs.

As well, the Municipality works with the Strathroy-Caradoc Dog Owners Association to operate and maintain the Strathroy Dog Park. The off-leash dog park features nearly 5 acres of open green space, benches, lighting, shade trees, and two fenced areas for off-leash play with controlled gate access.

One of the more recent success stories for the municipality has been a new program of day camps for youngsters. The summer day camp has been operating since 2017 and attracts several hundred youths for weekly sessions offered through the summer months. As well, other municipal programs, such as March Break and other evening programs, help provide local youth with a variety of activities to enrich their lives.

 

 

 

 

For information on Tourism within Strathroy-Caradoc and the surrounding region, visit the Middlesex County Tourism website.

Middlesex County